2021 WWE Money in the Bank results, recap, grades: John Cena returns to WWE after epic main event

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Two ladder matches and five championship bouts are set to go down on Saturday night in Fort Worth, Texas when WWE presents Money in the Bank. The pay-per-view event is WWE's first big full-capacity event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and is expected to feature plenty of action along with some big surprises.

The highlight of the show will be the two Money in the Bank ladder matches, which will guarantee one man and one woman a title shot of their choosing at any point in the next 365 days. In addition, Roman Reigns will defend the universal championship against WWE Hall of Fame member Edge and Bobby Lashley will put the WWE championship on the line against Kofi Kingston in the other featured world title match.

Money in the Bank 2021 will be presented live Sunday night from the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. It will begin at 8 p.m. ET with a kickoff show starting one hour earlier at 7 p.m. on Peacock. CBS Sports will be with you the whole way through the event, providing updates and highlights as the action goes down in the live blog below.

A little mid-match counsel needed.#MITB @WWERomanReigns @HeymanHustle pic.twitter.com/oqpnflXSoU

He gets an opportunity, he takes it.#MITB #UniversalTitle @EdgeRatedR pic.twitter.com/9aytpWJ6mm

Acknowledge. This. Man.#MITB @WWERomanReigns @HeymanHustle pic.twitter.com/tXy5T5DMH2

ON THIS DAY ... @EdgeRatedR looks to become a 12-TIME World Champion, and he looks to do it RIGHT NOW LIVE at #MITB!@peacockTV 🦚 https://t.co/MvelFFn2nH@WWENetwork 🌎 https://t.co/aEwGYUp0uE pic.twitter.com/4n0GTNOcOl

BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF POSITIVITY.@WWEBigE is MR. MONEY IN THE BANK! #MITB pic.twitter.com/CURawYlViZ

Men's Money in the Bank -- Ricochet vs. John Morrison vs. Riddle vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Big E vs. Kevin Owens vs. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Seth Rollins: An all-out brawl got things going at the jump before Rollins and Morrison argued over who truly had "drip." Ricochet and Riddle both came flying in on Rollins and Morrison, eventually thinning things to Big E and McIntyre in the ring. Morrison had a big highlight early moment, coming off the ladder with a twisting body block. Morrison and Rollins eventually began working together to take out other competitors, also setting up a ladder suspended between the ring apron and the commentary table. Morrison also helped Rollins hit a falcon arrow onto a ladder on Owens after Owens hit a springboard moonsault on both men. Eventually, Rollins turned on Morrison, as expected, striking him with a ladder.

It was then McIntyre's turn to take over, slamming Ricochet into a ladder with a reverse spinebuster and hitting a slipping dive over the top rope onto the rest of the field. McIntyre was taken out of the match when Jinder Mahal, Veer and Shanky ran in and attacked before dragging McIntyre to the back. Ricochet had one of the most iconic moments of the match when he leaped from a ladder as Riddle was tipping it over, hitting the top rope and flipping onto a group on the outside. Shortly after was another big bump as Rollins powerbombed Owens from the ring and through the ladder that was suspended on the commentary table earlier in the match.

As Rollins seemed ready to grab the briefcase, Big E caught him and hit the Big Ending off the ladder. Big E then climbed the ladder and grabbed the briefcase to win the match. The absolute right call for a winner and a great moment in a very entertaining Money in the Bank match. Big E won Money in the Bank. Grade: A-

Just as @FightOwensFight is picking up momentum, he gets driven THROUGH a ladder by @WWERollins! 🤯😱🤯 pic.twitter.com/mhoqmUdU0b

RIDDLE-KO's EVERYWHERE.#MITB @SuperKingOfBros pic.twitter.com/09p9OUTKc7

WAIT A MINUTE.@JinderMahal has sent Veer & Shanky out to attack @DMcIntyreWWE! #MITB pic.twitter.com/3IOA6QvU4s

Have a nice trip, @KingRicochet!#MITB @DMcIntyreWWE pic.twitter.com/z4903BTfxr

This is your Sunday Night Delight.#MITB @TheRealMorrison pic.twitter.com/fUayy0s1FZ

It truly is a MUST-WIN situation for @DMcIntyreWWE if he ever wants to see the #WWEChampionship again. #MITB pic.twitter.com/uaOXczaC3h

For the first time since 2016, @MsCharlotteWWE is #WWERaw #WomensChampion! #MITB pic.twitter.com/55OrtwLjDt

Caught ya, @MsCharlotteWWE. #MITB #WomensTitle pic.twitter.com/EkjC0myv4Q

Bow down to this GIF. 👑#MITB #WomensTitle @MsCharlotteWWE pic.twitter.com/GmLHgf5OI8

PURE POWER.#MITB #WomensTitle @RheaRipley_WWE pic.twitter.com/VmaYwvh1Dg

Take it all in, Queen.#MITB @MsCharlotteWWE pic.twitter.com/hFvINCH8P2

Witness #TheAllMighty.#MITB #WWEChampionship @fightbobby @The305MVP pic.twitter.com/9MbPTp7Mlc

Once, twice ... three times a DOMINATOR.#MITB #WWEChampionship @fightbobby pic.twitter.com/WPANVz2pAB

HOW?!?!#MITB @TheGiantOmos pic.twitter.com/ef2DZUq8Vy

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WWE Money In The Bank Live Results, Your Feedback And Viewing Party

Wrestling Inc. 19 July, 2021 - 12:00am

Welcome to our WrestlingINC.com Live WWE Money In the Bank Viewing Party. Tonight’s show comes from the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.

– The 2021 WWE Money In the Bank Kickoff pre-show opens up from the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas as Kayla Braxton welcomes us. She’s joined by WWE Hall of Famers JBL, Booker T and Jerry Lawler, and Peter Rosenberg. We see fans in the background, hanging around and finding their seats. The panel runs down the Money In the Bank card for tonight.

We get a video package on the Money In the Bank briefcases. Sonya Deville joins the panel when we come back. They talk about tonight’s Women’s MITB Ladder Match. Liv Morgan joins the panel from backstage and starts getting emotional, calling this the biggest night of her career. She continues crying when talking about the “you still got it!” chants from SmackDown. Liv talks more about tonight’s match and says she has no choice but to win. We get a break and a video package for tonight’s RAW Women’s Title match. The panel talks Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley now. The Hall of Famers predict Flair to win the title while Rosenberg believes Ripley will retain. The panel talks tonight’s RAW Tag Team Titles match next.

The entire panel predicts AJ Styles and Omos will retain their titles tonight. We go to a plug for Friday’s SmackDown, which will air live from two locations – Cleveland and the Rolling Loud rap festival in Miami. Kayla sends us to a video package for tonight’s WWE Title match. The whole panel predicts Bobby Lashley to retain. The Miz and John Morrison end up interrupting the panel. They’ve got the Drip Stick and fans are getting loud in the background. Miz hypes Morrison up and says he’s here to win the Money In the Bank briefcase. Kayla sends us to the ring for tonight’s Kickoff match.

Michael Cole welcomes us to ringside. He’s joined by Pat McAfee. Out first are The Usos – Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso. Greg Hamilton does the introductions as fans pop. We cut to a video of SmackDown Tag Team Champions Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio standing with a Mesoamerican pyramid in the background. They’re wearing matching black suits. They turn and look at the camera, then nod to each other, then step into a blue portal. Rey and Dominik then head to the ring as fans cheer them on, now wearing their gear.

Dominik starts off with Jimmy. Jimmy takes it to the corner but Dominik fights out. Dominik with a dropkick, and another. Dominik with some arm drag takedowns, including one from the corner. Dominik keeps control and in comes Rey off the tag. The Mysterios with a double team takedown. Dominik powerbombs his dad on top of Jimmy for a 2 count. Jimmy turns it around and in comes Jey fighting. Rey dropkicks him.

Jey turns it around and Rey takes a nasty fall to the floor. Jey brings it back in and Jimmy tags in for a headbutt while Jey holds Rey down. Rey kicks out at 2. Jimmy works Rey over on the middle rope but the referee backs him off. Jey with a cheap shot while the referee is distracted. Jimmy keeps Rey grounded now as fans rally for him. Jimmy with another headbutt.

Rey counters and tags in Dominik. Dominik with a springboard clothesline that is a bit sloppy. Jimmy kicks out at 2. Dominik with a neckbreaker for a 2 count. Dominik with some more springboarding for a moonsault but Jimmy still kicks out. Jey tags in but Dominik dropkicks him off the apron. Jimmy also gets knocked off the apron by Dominik. Dominik goes to the top and flies to the floor but The Usos both catch him, then launch him into the barrier. The Usos stand tall over Dominik at ringside as fans boo.

Jey with the running Rikishi splash in the corner. Fans do dueling chants. Jey slams Dominik in the middle of the ring. Jimmy tags in for a quick double team. Jimmy ends up mounting Dominik in the corner but Dominik sends him to the apron and he falls to the floor. Rey and Jey tag in at the same time. Rey with clotheslines. Jey kicks Rey in the gut, then rocks him in the mouth. Rey with a head scissors takedown for a pop. Rey flies in at Jey for a close 2 count.

Rey ends up taking Jey down but Jimmy tags in and superkicks him in the face. Rey gets hit with a big pop-up Samoan Drop from Jimmy but he kicks out at 2. Jey tags back in and Dominik brings Jimmy out but that distracts Jey. Rey with a close 2 count on Jey. Rey goes for 619 to Jey but Jimmy sacrifices himself and gets hit with it. Rey springboards back in but Jey superkicks him on the way down. Jey goes to the top and hits the big Uso Splash but Rey kicks out just in time. Jey can’t believe it. Jimmy runs in to argue with the referee.

Fans chant “this is awesome!” now. Jimmy tags in and goes to the top. Jey goes to the opposite corner. Dominik attacks Jimmy but Jey makes the save and takes Dominik out on the floor. Jimmy ends up rolling Rey for the pin and Jey reinforces the pin from the apron, keeping Rey from kicking out to get the pin and the titles.

– After the match, The Usos take the titles and head to the ramp as fans boo. We go to replays. Cole says The Usos have just stolen the titles. Jimmy and Jey celebrate on the stage.

– We go back to the panel for a quick discussion on tonight’s WWE Universal Title match. We see ladders being placed around the arena as the briefcase is raised above the ring. Kayla wraps the Money In the Bank Kickoff pre-show.

– The 2021 WWE Money In the Bank pay-per-view opens up with a video package. We’re live from the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas as WWE officially returns to the road for pay-per-view. The pyro goes off as Michael Cole welcomes us. He says the arena is sold out. Cole is joined at ringside by Pat McAfee. They hype tonight’s opening match.

We go right to the ring as Greg Hamilton does the introductions. Out first comes Alexa Bliss, who stops and points up at the briefcase hanging above the ring. We see ladders all around the ringside area. Bliss removes her dress for a pop. Cole shows us how Bliss won the briefcase in 2018, but cashed it in that night during Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax, to win the RAW Women’s Title from Jax. Bliss stands still on the second rope now, staring straight ahead. Out next comes Liv Morgan, who skips to the ring and points up at the briefcase. Nikki Cross or Nikki A.S.H. is out next. WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Natalya is out next, followed by her partner Tamina Snuka. They both carry their straps to the ring. Bliss is still standing on the second rope, near one of the corners, staring straight ahead. Zelina Vega is out next, followed by Naomi. Cole shows us how Naomi won the SmackDown Women’s Title from Bliss at Elimination Chamber 2017. Asuka is out last. We see how Asuka won the briefcase in 2020, on top of WWE HQ. Asuka has Kinesio tape on her shoulder.

Everyone goes for ladders or each other as the bell rings. Bliss is still standing watching. Bliss skips around the ring now for a pop. She stands under the briefcase and reaches up, to use her powers it appears, but Asuka slams her. Liv dropkicks Vega. Natalya takes out Liv. Cross with a tornado DDT to Natalya. Naomi with a Rear View to Cross. Tamina superkicks Naomi for boos. Tamina looks up at the briefcase. Bliss jumps on her back for a pop. Tamina slams her to the mat. Tamina levels Bliss with an elbow.

Tamina grabs a ladder and places it on the bottom rope in the corner, above Bliss. Tamina then slingshots Bliss under the ladder, hitting it face-first. Tamina gets booed some more as she stands a taller ladder under the briefcase. Liv runs up it and almost gets the case but Tamina tips the ladder with Liv and Zelina over. Tamina dominate Liv and Zelina, splashing them at once in the corner. Tamina stands a ladder up again but Asuka stops her. They shove each other. Asuka ducks a swing and unloads with strikes. Asuka with a Hip Attack to send Natalya off the apron. Asuka dropkicks Tamina and stops her from using the ladder. Fans pop for Asuka.

Asuka pins Tamina with ladder legs and keeps her down with them. Asuka climbs up but Tamina presses the ladder while under it on her back. Liv jumps on the leg and pushes it back down with Tamina under it. Liv with double knees to Asuka. Liv climbs up for a pop. Natalya tips the ladder over with Liv on it. Natalya may have just injured Liv’s leg now as Liv hops around. They have a tug-of-war for the ladder. Nikki gets hit with the ladder as she tries to attack both of them. Naomi and Tamina trade shots while Natalya and Liv hold the ladder for them. Tamina with a Samoan Drop to Naomi. Vega and Asuka pull Tamina to the floor. Vega with a hurricanrana on the floor. Asuka with a Hip Attack to Tamina into the barrier.

Natalya traps Liv in the corner with a ladder. Bliss takes Natalya out. Bliss creepily walks up the leaning ladder to Liv in the corner. Natalya slams her. Bliss laughs in Natalya’s face. Bliss slams Natalya face-first into the steel. Liv attacks but Bliss slams her and flips onto her. Bliss looks up at the briefcase as fans cheer. Bliss stands a ladder up now. Bliss climbs up but Vega climbs first. They meet at the top and Vega is terrified as Bliss just stares at her. Bliss is controlling Vega now with her powers. Bliss uses her powers to make Vega climb down the ladder. Bliss climbs back up but Natalya runs up behind her. Natalya powerbombs Bliss into the steel, then the mat.

Vega snaps out of it and goes for Natalya. Vega with double knees to Cross. Vega counters Asuka and slams her face-first. Vega stands on the bottom rope ladder and tries to superplex Liv from the top but Liv sends her into the ladder. Naomi takes out Liv and Vega for a big pop, using a powerbomb to Liv onto Vega on the bottom rope ladder. The champs double team Naomi now but she dropkicks them both. They try again but she hits a double Stunner using the rope. Cross fights in but Naomi slams her on a ladder. Naomi with a leg drop split to Cross. Naomi climbs up for a pop. Natalya pulls her off and sends her to the floor. Vega stops Natalya from climbing, jumping on her back, but Natalya pulls them both up the ladder.

Liv stops them from both getting the case after they have fingers on it. All three fall to the mat and the ladder tips over. Fans cheer them on. A big brawl breaks out in the ring now. Cross climbs a taller ladder on the floor. She poses and then flies into the ring, taking out the other 7 competitors with a big crossbody. Cross stands the ladder up under the briefcase now. She starts climbing but Bliss pulls her down. Cross hits her from behind. They face off and Bliss rocks her in the face. Bliss catches Cross with Sister Abigail but her own version of the move.

Bliss climbs up for the briefcase now. Natalya runs in and pulls her down to boos. Tamina and Natalya toss Bliss to the floor for more boos. Natalya follows and tosses Bliss into the barrier. Tamina and Natalya grab a ladder and use it to ram Bliss back into the barrier. They continue using the ladder on Bliss while she’s down. They stack a bunch of ladders on Bliss now. The others join in as Bliss is buried under a ton of steel. The crowd boos everyone as they bury Bliss under ladders at ringside.

Liv takes Nikki down at ringside and then climbs a ladder for the case as the others celebrate burying Bliss. Tamina stops her but Liv sends her into the corner with a hurricanrana. Natalya comes in and drops Liv. Natalya and Tamina have two ladders standing next to each other. Natalya climbs but Liv pulls her down. They tangle and Liv kicks Natalya face-first and slams her into the steel. Asuka and Vega bring a third ladder in now. Liv and Asuka take Vega down. Liv dodges a Hip Attack, then slams Asuka face-first. Liv climbs the middle ladder as fans cheer her on. Naomi climbs the other side of the ladder. Tamina and Natalya climb the other two ladders. Vega climbs up with Natalya. Asuka climbs up with Tamina.

All 6 are going for the case at the top of the ladders now. Cross runs in and climbs up with Liv on her side of the middle ladder. Cross unhooks the briefcase and stands tall with it while the other 6 Superstars brawl at the top of the ladders. They’re all shocked as Cross is announced the winner.

– After the match, Cross comes down with the briefcase and celebrates as the other Superstars still look shocked at the top of the three ladders in the ring. Bliss is still buried at ringside. Cross runs to the stage and climbs another ladder to sit there with the briefcase. We go to replays. The other 6 Superstars all look disappointed now. Bliss has not been seen since they buried her.

– Cole shows us how The Usos won the SmackDown Tag Team Titles from The Mysterios on the Kickoff. The Usos are celebrating with WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns backstage now. Reigns gives them some props but also takes credit for bringing them back and putting them where they are. Reigns says the family is always watching and they are The Bloodline, on the same page and together now. Reigns says he’s given them what they want, so now it’s time for them to give him what he wants. Jey gets hyped up and says he’s all for Reigns, Reigns is his Tribal Chief. Jimmy agrees but he hesitates and doesn’t sound as sure as Jey.

We go back to the ring as Jimmy Smith welcomes us. He’s joined by Corey Graves and Byron Saxton. The Viking Raiders are out next – Erik and Ivar. Out next come RAW Tag Team Champions AJ Styles and Omos.

The bell rings and AJ looks to start off with Erik but he immeditely tags Omos in. Erik tags Ivar in. Omos fights off the double team and yells out about this being his house. AJ tags in and goes to work on Ivar for a 2 count. Ivar turns it around and hits AJ with thrusts in the corner.

Fans chant AJ’s name. Erik tags in and unloads on AJ. Ivar comes in and Erik slams him on top of AJ. AJ kicks out at 1 after Ivar stalls some to show off. Erik tags back in for more double teaming on AJ. AJ goes down after a huge double team knee but still kicks out at 2. AJ ends up countering and sending Erik to the floor. AJ then kicks Ivar off the apron to the floor instead of tagging as fans chant his name again. AJ tags in Omos nw. AJ runs and Omos launches him over the top rope to the floor for a big assisted hurricanrana on Erik at ringside.

AJ works on Erik in the ring now. Erik with a big back-drop. Ivar comes back in and hits his cartwheel and clothesline with more signature offense. AJ with a jawbreaker to get an opening. Omos tags in but Ivar flips out of the way. Ivar staggers Omos and leaps off the corner but Omos catches him by the throat. Omos scoops Ivar for a big slam. AJ works on Ivar now. Fans continue to cheer for AJ. Ivar fights him off with chops. AJ fights back with chops. Ivar flips over AJ and tags in Erik.

AJ and Erik unload on each other. Erik with big knees as AJ charges. Ivar comes back in and Erik lifts him, slamming him into AJ in the corner. Omos has been knocked off the apron. The Vikings with another big double team but AJ kicks out at 2 as Erik covers. Erik is a bit frustrated now. AJ blocks another double team attempt. He rocks Ivar with a pele kick as Ivar climbs to the top. AJ sends Erik to the floor.

Omos tags in and grabs Ivar, who is still dazed on the top from the pele kick. Omos presses Ivar off the top and launches him to the mat. Omos puts one boot on Ivar and covers but Ivar kicks out just in time. Ivar with a big splash to AJ in the corner. Ivar ducks Omos and tags in Erik. Omos gets double teamed now. More back and forth between the two teams. Erik and Ivar hit The Viking Experience but Omos shoves Erik into Ivar to break the pin up. More back and forth between the two teams. Omos lifts Erik and slams him with a big two-hand chokeslam for the pin to retain.

– After the match, AJ and Omos celebrate as the music hits. We go to replays. AJ and Omos stand tall with the titles as The Vikings recover.

– Kevin Patrick is backstage with Drew McIntyre. He gets hyped up and goes on about why he has to win the Money In the Bank briefcase tonight so he can get the WWE Title back.

– We get a video package for tonight’s WWE Title match.

We go back to the ring and out first comes Kofi Kingston as fans begin chanting his name. Kofi hits the ring as a “New Day rocks!” chant breaks out. Out next comes WWE Champion Bobby Lashley with MVP a few steps behind him. Lashley poses on the stage and heads to the ring, all business and ready to fight.

Lashley hits the ring and poses in the corner as the pyro goes off. We get formal ring introductions from Mike Rome before the bell. The bell rings and MVP is holding Kofi’s foot. Lashley charges but Kofi still leaps. Kofi avoids a pin and we get a double stomp but Lashley kicks out. Lashley overpowers Kofi and slams him off a counter. Lashley works Kofi over, blocks a kick and levels him with a big clothesline.

Lashley walks around to a mixed reaction. Lashley with big shoulder thrusts in the corner. Lashley charges with two running thrusts. Fans boo as MVP barks encouragement at the champ. Lashley charges but gets rocked. Kofi flies at him but Lashley catches him in mid-air and slams him hard with the chokeslam for boos. Lashley lifts Kofi and just tosses him over the top rope to the floor. Lashley tells the crowd to hush as they boo him. He goes to ringside, lifts Kofi and runs him into the ring post.

Lashley break the count and goes back outside to ram Kofi into the ring post once again. MVP barks as fans boo. Lashley taunts the crowd and the boos get louder. Lashley rolls Kofi back in and man-handles him into the corner. Fans chant Kofi’s name as they try to rally for him. Lashley with elbows in the corner. Lashley with a big running forearm into the corner to drop Kofi with ease.

Lashley powers Kofi up with ease once again, planting him face-first. Lashley applies the Hurt Lock in the middle of the ring now. Kofi almost breaks it but Lashley breaks it for him and launches him over his head across the ring. Fans chant for Kofi as Lashley continues to dominate him. Lashley drives Kofi down on his face once again. The announcers call on the referee to stop the match as Lashley mounts Kofi and pounds on him in the middle of the ring. MVP yells about Kofi disrespecting Lashley. Lashley scoops Kofi and drops him with the Dominator in the middle of the ring.

Lashley stands over Kofi and pounds on his chest as fans boo him. Lashley with another big Dominator in the middle of the ring. The referee appears to call for Lashley to cover. The ref checks on Kofi as Lashley taunts the crowd some more. Lashley delivers a third Dominator, then hushes the crowd once again as the boos get louder.

Lashley man-handles Kofi with the Hurt Lock once again and Kofi isn’t even standing. The referee calls the match after Kofi failed to get any offense in.

– After the match, the crowd is shocked as Lashley’s music hits and he stands tall over Kofi. MVP brings the WWE Title belt in the ring ans fastens it around Lashley’s waist. We go to replays. Lashley hits the corner to pose while Kofi is still laid out face-first on the mat with the referee checking on him. Lashley makes his exit as MVP follows.

– Back from a quick break and we get a promo for tonight’s RAW Women’s Title match.

We go back to the ring and out first comes RAW Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley. We see how she won the title from Asuka at WrestleMania 37. Out next comes Charlotte Flair. She stops and poses on the ramp as the pyro goes off. We see stills from some of Flair’s big title win over the years. We get formal ring introductions from Rome.

The bell rings and they stare each other down. Ripley smirks at Flair. They lock up and go at it, then break. The crowd gives Flair some heat and she responds by giving them the middle finger, which WWE tries to black out. Ripley headbutts Flair after a lock up. Flair rocks her. Ripley slaps back. Ripley taunts Flair after rocking her. Ripley dropkicks Flair now.

Fans chant “we want Becky!” now. Flair and Ripley trade shots on the apron. Ripley gets the upperhand and runs the ropes to dropkick Flair from the apron to the floor. Ripley follows but Flair sends her landing hard on the ground. Flair dropkicks Ripley against the barrier while she’s down. Flair brings it back in for a quick 1 count. Flair with a t-bone suplex into the corner. Flair shows off a bit and then stomps away while Ripley is down in the corner. Flair covers for another 1 count.

Flair grounds Ripley with a headlock now. Flair with more offense and showing off. She taunts Ripley, telling her to get up. Ripley fights back from the mat. They slug each other as the crowd chants for Ripley, which distracts Flair a bit. Ripley tries to grab from behind but she gets sent to the corner. Fans do some dueling chants now. Ripley with a big back elbow. Ripley counters while backed against the ropes, and dumps Flair over the top rope to the floor.

Fans chant for Becky Lynch once again. Ripley takes Flair down at ringside and yells out. They bring it back in the ring and Ripley delivers two short-arm clotheslines. Flair fights back but Ripley headbutts her. Ripley gets a pop and delivers knee strikes. Flair blocks a knee but Ripely kicks her. Ripley with a Northern Lights suplex for 2. More back and forth in the middle of the ring now. Ripley with a big German suplex.

Ripley goes to the top for the missile dropkick but Flair side-steps. Flair with a Boston Crab now. Ripley powers out and holds it for a 2 count. Flair with a single-leg takedown. Ripley counters the Figure Four for a 2 count. Flair levels Ripley with a jumping big boot for a close 2 count. Flair has a few words with the referee. Flair ends up on Ripley’s shoulders from the corner. Flair slides down for a sunset flip but Ripley powers up and eventually turns that into a big vertical suplex. Flair kicks out at 2. They trade big strikes on their feet now. Flair tells Ripley to bring it and Ripley unloads with big stiff strikes. Flair comes back and sends Ripley to the floor.

Flair gets emotional now. She runs with a big boot to kick Ripley off the apron back to the floor. Flair is hyped up now. Flair goes to the top and delivers the moonsault from the top to the floor, taking Ripley back down as fans cheer her on with a big pop. Flair brings Ripley back in the ring but Ripley blocks Natural Selection. Ripley turns that into her Prism inverted Cloverleaf submission. Flair rolls through for a 2 count. Ripley goes for Riptide but Flair turns it into a big DDT for a close 2 count.

Flair can’t believe the kick out. Fans chant “this is awesome!” as Flair sits up and Ripley begins to recover. Flair talks some trash and pounds on Ripley. Ripley fights up from her knees as they trade big strikes in the middle of the ring. Flair with signature Flair chops. Ripley with an elbow to the face. Flair drops her with an elbow and puts her feet on the ropes for leverage but the referee catches her and stops the count. Flair gets in the face of the referee but backs off. Ripley kicks Flair from the mat, sending her stumbling into the corner.

Ripley with big shoulder thrusts in the corner now. Ripley takes Flair to the top and works her over. Flair fights back but Ripley keeps control and climbs up. Ripley goes for the superplex but Flair knocks her to the mat. Flair hits a super Natural Selection from the top but Ripley still kicks out. Flair can’t believe it. Fans in the crowd are also shocked.

Fans chant “this is awesome!” now as Flair sits there on the mat. Ripley begins to recover. Flair nods at the crowd and stalks Ripley now. Flair goes for the Figure Four but Ripley counters and launches her back into the turnbuckles. Flair is on the floor now, trying to recover. Ripley rallies and gets hyped up. Ripley grabs Flair from the mat but Flair slams her head into the ring post. Flair traps Ripley’s leg between the ring post and the steel steps, and kicks it several times.

Flair returns to the ring and applies the Figure Four in the middle of the ring. She bridges into the Figure Eight as Ripley screams out. The referee checks on her and Ripley finally taps out for the finish.

– After the match, Flair sits up and takes the title, raising it in the air as her music hits and fans pop. We see Ripley on the mat, frustrated with the knee. Ripley sits up in the corner as the referee checks on her. Flair poses in the corner as we go to replays.

– We get a backstage comedy segment with Riddle, Rick Boogs and King Shinsuke Nakamura but Peacock is buffering so bad it’s hard to see what happens.

The buffering problems continue and appear to be widespread as Twitter is full of complaints. Kevin Owens makes his way to the ring first for the Men’s Money In the Bank Ladder Match. Riddle is out next, followed by King Shinsuke Nakamura with Rick Boogs. John Morrison is out next and he’s accompanied by The Miz, who has the Drip Stick in his wheelchair. Miz apparently goes back to the back but it’s hard to tell what’s happening for sure. Big E is out next, followed by Seth Rollins. Drew McIntyre is out last as the Money In the Bank briefcase hangs high above the ring and the heavy buffering continues.

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Kofi Kingston Reveals How MVP Has Helped Him Immensely in His Journey to be WWE Champion

EssentiallySports 19 July, 2021 - 12:00am

While Kofi Kingston and MVP may be on the opposite sides of the table for now, but the two share an immensely close bond. We all have seen the clip of MVP crying tears of joy alongside Shad Gaspard when Kofi won the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 35 in New York.

During a recent interview with BT Sports, Kofi Kingston shared how he met MVP for the first time. Kingston detailed that he moved from Boston to Atlanta when he got signed to WWE in 2006.

After reaching Atlanta, he immediately called up Bill DeMott, trainer of Deep South Wrestling and asked if could come over. DeMott obliged, and Kingston left for the developmental territory.

Kingston details immediately as he entered the facility, he saw MVP. The best part was ‘Mr. 305’ had recently made his debut on WWE TV and was working out at DSW. Kofi and MVP instantly clicked and the two became friends. In fact, Kofi says MVP is more of a big brother to him.

Speaking further about him, he said, “When I got up on the road, always gave me a piece of advice. Always looked out for me. We’ve had several deep intellectual conversations, so obviously when he left the company and he came back, I was ecstatic to see him.”

Talking about his current rivalry with Bobby Lashley and MVP, Kofi said everything between him and MVP is real. He added that it’s an awesome thing when people get to see real-life situations unfold on television. Kofi said, “What you see happening between he and I is a very real. Like, philosophies are different.”

Kofi said that although MVP mentored and looked out for him in the early years of his career, he doesn’t have the same ideal and philosophies as him. “It’s weird, but I think it’s great for people to see real, genuine emotion unfolding before their eyes.” he concluded.

There’s no doubt this rivalry between Kofi Kingston and MVP is one of the best things going today. Let’s see what happens when Kofi squares off with Lashley for the WWE Championship at Money in the Bank.

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WWE Money In The Bank: John Cena returns, Big E and Nikki A.S.H. win briefcases

ESPN 18 July, 2021 - 10:34pm

On a Money in the Bank pay-per-view that overdelivered, Edge and Roman Reigns did that and more for over 30 minutes. The energy was high, the crowd was plugged in and both men could have convincingly walked out of Fort Worth, Texas with the Universal championship in hand.

But with Seth Rollins' interference on two occasions, Edge's fate was set. Reigns emerged from the main event of Money in the Bank with his title intact, and Edge and Rollins brawled to the back of Dickies Arena, both feeling the other had cost them the title. Reigns got on the mic, stating definitively that the whole world could now acknowledge him.

Then a very familiar series of horn notes blared through the arena's PA. John Cena emerged to perhaps his loudest and most positive reaction to date, bounced back and forth between the ropes and then stared Reigns down. With a single "You can't see me" hand gesture, a SummerSlam main event was seemingly cemented before the Money in the Bank broadcast had even faded to black.

🎺🎺🎺 🎺@JohnCena is BACK!!! 🤯 #MITB pic.twitter.com/QsXF8OxDr2

It was a landscape shifting night on several fronts. Nikki A.S.H earned a shock Money in the Bank win on the women's side, and Big E claimed the men's Money in the Bank briefcase. Charlotte Flair returned to her perch as Raw women's champion and new SmackDown tag team champions were crowned as well.

But for as quickly as Cena's return will overshadow the rest of the night, and the main event in particular, the match between Reigns and Edge deserves considerable praise.

As the bell rang, they simply stared each other down, slowly circling. "Let's go Roman" and "let's go Edge" dueling chants rang throughout the building. Each man sought to gain the mental advantage rather than the physical advantage early on as they shoved each other in the face.

But once Edge sent Reigns shoulder-first into the post, it was on. They traded punches. Edge kicked Reigns out of the ring. Reigns hit a Samoan drop on the outside and then, as Edge struggled to get back into the ring, Reigns took total control. He wore Edge down and then, in the middle of the ring with a sleeper locked in, Edge buckled down and broke the grip. Reigns locked it right back in. Edge fought his way back up with body shots and bounced off the ropes before Reigns connected with an uppercut to the jaw, with Edge barely moving, draped over bottom rope. Reigns connected with a Drive-By kick.

Both of them had the crowd in their hands. Edge fought his way back, dodging a Superman punch and connecting with an Edge-O-Matic slam, both getting two-counts. An Edgecution DDT similarly gained Edge a two-count.

When Edge locked a Crossface on Reigns and Reigns finally got to the bottom rope, referee Charles Robinson had to pry Edge off -- and that wasn't the last time Robinson would loom large.

As Edge charged forward for a spear, Reigns locked in a standing guillotine. Edge drove Reigns into the corner, but Reigns locked it back in. Edge started fading, but as he dropped to his knees, he desperately sent himself and Reigns tumbling through the middle rope.

Reigns went for the spear through the barricade, but missed and crashed through alone. Edge then successfully speared Reigns through a different wall, slung Reigns over his shoulders, tossed him back into the ring and covered him. Another two-count.

Reigns scrambled his way out of a tie-up with an uppercut and Superman punch, but on the punch Edge stumbled into the referee, taking Robinson out.

Reigns stomped a brace out of a folding chair, looking to return the favor for what Edge had done to him at WrestleMania and repeated to his cousins, the Usos, a crossface with the brace across the mouth.

But Edge blocked it, headbutted Reigns repeatedly and then got Reigns with the crossface and the brace in his mouth again. The Usos stalked towards the ring, but their opponents from earlier in the night, the Mysterios, were right behind them. They fought and chased the Usos to the back, and it was left to Edge and Reigns, seemingly alone.

But then Rollins, aggrieved with Edge for "stealing" his opportunity, kicked Edge in the neck and finally broke the hold. Edge cut off Reigns' spear with a successful spear attempt of his own. A new ref charged to the ring, but Reigns kicked out at the absolute last moment.

Rollins came back once more and though Edge was able to kick him off the apron, Reigns speared Edge and then pinned him to retain his title.

Rollins attacked Edge post-match and got in Reigns' face, screaming he would be next.

Edge got back up, brawled Rollins to the back and then Reigns had his moment to gloat. But as soon as he dropped the microphone from his lips, Cena's music hit.

What's next: Reigns vs. Cena and Edge vs. Rollins at SummerSlam. Outside of a non-match against "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 36 last year, Cena hasn't been involved in an actual match since January 2019. This year alone, Cena has starred in a Fast and Furious franchise movie, and he'll feature prominently in the upcoming DC comic book movie The Suicide Squad, which happens to have a release date of Aug. 6, just a few weeks before SummerSlam. To say this match is an attraction with off-the-charts mainstream appeal would be an understatement.

Edge vs. Rollins has the chance to be a show-stealer, and the intermingled build-up to these two matches on SmackDown in the coming weeks should be spectacular.

But the one thing that's been lacking, at least since he has been a part of the Raw or SmackDown rosters, was that final boost to the top tier. And at Money in the Bank, by grabbing the briefcase that earned him a future world title shot at the moment of his choosing, Big E finally has that moment within his reach.

The match itself was absolutely incredible. It started with Matt Riddle and Ricochet doing all kinds of acrobatics, taking out Seth Rollins and John Morrison, respectively, with flips to the outside of the ring, and it rarely slowed down.

Morrison jumped off the top turnbuckle, leapfrogged a ladder for leverage and spun himself into Shinsuke Nakamura. Morrison and Rollins teamed up for a considerable stretch, crushing Nakamura and then Riddle with a ladder. Morrison did a backflip to drive Riddle head-first into a ladder on the ground.

The team-up was seemingly over once Owens backflipped off the second rope into a ladder held by both Rollins and Morrison, but they recovered quickly and hit a double team Falcon Arrow to Owens that sent him spine-first into the blunt side of a ladder.

Rollins made the first climb for the briefcase, but was stopped by Ricochet and Big E.

Nakamura and Riddle kicked each other in the head simultaneously, setting both of them up for a double Claymore from Drew McIntyre. Then it was a Future Shock DDT to Big E and a reverse Alabama slam to Ricochet, face-first onto a bridged ladder. McIntyre went into a running flip over the top rope to the outside onto all of his competitors.

And then, once back in the ring, McIntyre hit another Claymore to Rollins. As the only one left in the ring, McIntyre climbed the ladder until Jinder Mahal's pair of lackeys inserted themselves into the match to attack McIntyre as retribution for damage done in recent weeks. Mahal had a chair waiting for McIntyre once he was outside the ring, and McIntyre was neutralized. It was anyone's match once again.

In a moment that will be played on WWE highlight reels from now until forever, Ricochet came off the top of a falling ladder, landed nimbly on the top rope, bounced to a seemingly impossible height and flipped onto everyone standing on the outside.

THE HEIGHT. 😱😱😱😱😱#MITB @KingRicochet pic.twitter.com/sKosol0nUN

Somehow, the pace quickened even more in the final moments. Riddle connected with multiple RKOs in tribute to his absent tag team partner Randy Orton, only to get caught by a Rollins stomp. Nakamura hit a GTS on Rollins. Morrison brought his drip stick water gun and squirted Nakamura in the face.

Owens hit stunners first on Morrison and then Nakamura. Ricochet avoided a stunner of his own, only to land himself directly in a pop-up powerbomb. Owens climbed the ladder but Rollins caught him, attacked his leg and then gathered him up into a powerbomb position. Rollins then dropped Owens over the top rope and back-first onto a ladder bridged between the ring apron and the commentary table.

Rollins climbed, but Big E stopped him midway up. Big E gathered Rollins for his finishing move, the Big Ending, and connected on an elevated version of the move to great effect. With no one left to stop him, Big E grabbed the briefcase down and won the match.

What's next: Big E could easily aim for Roman Reigns or Bobby Lashley, or hold onto the briefcase for however long he likes. He's had exactly zero world title shots since his main roster debut in April 2013. He'll make this one count.

She was seemingly sidelined into a comic relief superhero character as "Nikki A.S.H." (Almost a Superhero) in recent weeks, but embraced the silliness. Now she's Ms. Money in the Bank.

Cross took advantage of the chaos of six other competitors fighting atop three ladders, climbed over them and snatched the briefcase before anyone else could realize what had happened.

The highlight reel packages for the Money in the Bank and title wins for Bliss and Asuka, and the SmackDown women's title victory of Naomi, was a great way to set the stakes and label the clear favorites in the match. It also took the spotlight off of the other five competitors and made the surprise ending all the more impactful.

The match was seemingly framed around Bliss from the start. She stood motionless -- and emotionless -- on top of the second rope as everyone else entered the match. As the rest of the competitors in the match scrambled outside to grab ladders, Bliss skipped around the ring, paused directly underneath it and motioned her hand upwards, as if to summon it to herself. But that was quickly forgotten as Asuka attacked her.

Liv Morgan made the first move towards the ladder as Tamina and Zelina Vega briefly held it, unfolded and aloft, until they realized what happened and let the ladder (and Morgan) fall.

Bliss seemingly utilized her spooky powers as Vega climbed a ladder and reached for the briefcase. Bliss climbed the other side, did mirrored hand movements and led Vega down the ladder without touching her. That spell was broken when Natalya powerbombed Bliss into the side of the ladder and then to the ground.

Naomi continued on that theme as she powerbombed Morgan into Vega, who was laid over a flat ladder sitting on the middle rope.

As Natalya climbed to the top of a ladder in the middle of the ring, Vega locked in a sleeper hold at the top of the ladder and then reached up, but could only get her fingertips on the briefcase. Morgan broke up the effort, and the ladder slowly tilted towards the ground.

It erupted into chaos in the middle of the ring. And Cross, who climbed a ladder on the outside, flew over the top rope and onto the other seven competitors.

UP, UP AND AWAYYYYYYYYY!#MITB #NikkiASH @NikkiCrossWWE pic.twitter.com/FNhtOqh796

Bliss locked in a Sister Abigail set-up for her DDT on Cross, but Natalya and Tamina, collectively the women's tag team champions, worked together to stop Bliss and then took her out of commission with ladder shots. They then buried Bliss under a pile of ladders, and the rest of the participants joined in and built the pile higher.

Morgan tried to take advantage of the chaos. Tamina interrupted, then Morgan did a spinning head scissors to Tamina. Morgan hit a suspended Flatliner on Asuka to put her alone in the ring once more, but by the time she realized it, she and Naomi climbed the middle ladder.

Tamina and Asuka climbed a second ladder off to one side. Natalya and Vega scaled a ladder on the other side. Cross joined the middle ladder in the midst of it all, climbed over Morgan to the top and then unlatched the briefcase, becoming Ms. Money in the Bank.

What's next: The women's Money in the Bank briefcase has been cashed in quickly on a number of occasions, and a surprise win like this would seemingly carry more benefit if Cross continued to build tension over a long stretch. She might get more serious. She might get even sillier. But it will undoubtedly be a more compelling story than it would have been had any of the favorites won the match.

As Flair and Ripley circled one another, attempting to build tension, the crowd broke out into "We want Becky!" chants, referring to Becky Lynch. Whether it was rumors of Lynch as a late replacement for the women's Money in the Bank ladder match or photos she posted on social media outside the arena a few hours before the show, the crowd in Fort Worth made it clear that they had little interest in what was going on in the ring.

In response, Flair did a couple loops around the ring with her middle finger held high towards the audience. And then she and Ripley went out and put on one of the best women's matches of 2021 thus far.

Flair's show of defiance seemingly stunned the crowd, though there were a few more instances of short chants for Lynch breaking out. But the massive chip on their shoulders seemingly fueled Ripley and Flair to the kind of performance they should've been having for the entirety of what's been an inconsistent, at best, rivalry.

The first moment of real peril was Flair locking Ripley in a Boston crab. A scramble ensued as a Figure Four attempt was rolled through by Ripley but fed Ripley directly into a big boot by Flair.

Ripley used some acrobatics to maneuver Flair into an dazzling deadlift vertical suplex, but she didn't hold that advantage for long.

As the crowd completed their 180 flip on this match, digging into dueling, "Let's go Rhea, Let's go Charlotte," chants, Flair connected flush with her signature moonsault off the top to the outside. Then, as Ripley seemingly set herself up for the Riptide and a win, Flair turned it over into a DDT. Flair tried to pin Ripley with her feet on the ropes, but got caught off by the ref.

Flair connected on a Natural Selection coming out of the corner, but Ripley kicked out just before the three-count. Flair locked in a Figure Four for the second time, but Ripley fought her way out again.

Undeterred, Flair brought the action to the outside, determined to end the match. She sent Ripley's skull first into the ringpost, then trapped Ripley's knee between the stairs and the post and smashed the stairs with three kicks.

That set up a Figure Eight in the middle of the ring. Ripley tapped, and Flair became a 12-time world champion.

What's next: This was a chance to "make" Rhea Ripley, and for whatever reason, WWE went in a different direction by putting the title back on Flair. Ripley might mount one more challenge, but it seems unlikely for her to regain the title any time soon. And as good as this match was, the type of anti-Flair sentiment carried by much of the WWE universe is not going to dissipate any time soon, no matter how good the matches are. Maybe the restless masses will get what they want and Lynch will come back to renew their tensions for the massive showcase that is SummerSlam.

In a match eerily reminiscent of the one-sided match in which Kingston lost the WWE championship to Brock Lesnar, Lashley thrashed Kingston from bell to bell in a clear indication that any distractions were in the rear-view mirror.

Gone was any sign of the man who lost clean to Xavier Woods just a few days ago on Monday Night Raw. Even though the match was seemingly setting up for tomfoolery, as the MVP tried to grab Kingston's feet at the start of the match, it was all Lashley, all the time.

Kingston got his only real offense in as he barely got out of the way as Lashley charged in, with a double stomp that didn't fully connect. Lashley tossed Kingston all over the ring and ringside, getting particularly brutal when he winged Kingston into the ringpost on the outside at full speed.

There were elevated Flatliners, Dominators and multiple attempts at The Hurt Lock. Try as he might, Kingston couldn't offer a sufficient defense. Lashley went so far as to let Kingston up and let him out from The Hurt Lock, only to inflict more damage.

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After an uncomfortably long stretch, during which Lashley put his finger to his mouth to quiet the crowd as well as a chunk of the audience that was cheering for more, he slapped the Hurt Lock on once more. Kingston was on his knees and couldn't even stand, but tapped out to end his suffering.

What's next: Lashley has been built up once again as an unbeatable champion. As we look forward towards SummerSlam, there are two paths: He could face the Money in the Bank winner, especially if there's a built-in story for someone like Drew McIntyre or Big E, or he could try to topple a returning legend in a showcase match. The latter option seems likelier.

The now seven-time tag team champions defeated Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio to win the SmackDown tag team titles with a little bit of creativity and a lot of rule bending.

It took the crowd a while to fire up, and they struggled at times to get behind the Mysterios, who have largely had this run inside the Thunderdome without live fans in attendance. But the collective performances of all four participants slowly brought the crowd energy up throughout the match.

They came alive and exploded into "this is awesome" chants in the closing minutes. Jimmy Uso absorbed a 619 for his brother Jey and saved the match for his team. Then Jey superkicked and top-rope splashed Rey, which the audience thought was the end. When Rey kicked out, the energy spiked again.

Finally, in a chaotic ending, Jimmy dropped Rey face-first onto the top turnbuckle, rolled Rey up for a pinfall and Jey added illegal leverage to Jimmy's back by sticking his legs under the bottom rope to get the three-count.

What's next: With the cheating finish, there's likely to be a rematch in the short term. But for now, pending Roman Reigns' Universal championship defense against Edge later in the night, Reigns and his family have increased their power and influence over the rest of the SmackDown roster.

AJ Styles and Omos successfully retained the Raw tag team championships, following the most complete match of Omos' career thus far.

Omos picked up the pinfall victory after delivering a standing choke-bomb to Erik, and then, rather than his customary one-foot cover, put all of his weight onto Erik to secure the win.

Generally, it doesn't seem right for Styles to play the fool, even to an established tag team like The Viking Raiders. He's a two-time WWE champion and still one of the best wrestlers in the world, with the swagger and charisma to match. That was clear as the now-returned WWE fandom largely cheered for Styles over the course of this tag title match.

Styles did take the majority of the damage in this match, bumping around like crazy as Erik and Ivar put on a strong performance of their own. But there was one particularly impressive moment when Omos threw Styles feet first over the ring and into a hurricanrana on the outside to Erik.

Omos is still clearly raw and inexperienced, but his move set is expanding and his presence is undeniable. He effectively hit a scoop slam and a military press over the course of the match and then closed out strong. After a Styles Clash was stifled, and the Viking Raiders hit a Viking Experience on Styles, Omos broke it up by grabbing Erik by the throat and tossing him backwards into Ivar to stop the count.

HOW?!?!#MITB @TheGiantOmos pic.twitter.com/ef2DZUq8Vy

Then Omos ended the match, quickly and effectively.

What's next: If Styles and Omos are indeed the long-term plan, start building some of the other teams up to benefit both the champions and their challengers.

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